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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5th
The PS2 Puppet of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop reading my motto!
Influence
Hatchling
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Rare

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Heliosphere

Population9.62 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The PS2 Puppet of Heliosphere is a colossal, efficient nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its smutty television, anti-smoking policies, and stringent health and safety legislation. The hard-nosed, cynical, humorless population of 9.62 billion Heliosphereans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, socially-minded, well-organized government is primarily concerned with Education, with Environment, Industry, and Healthcare also on the agenda, while Defense and Spirituality aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heliosphere City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Heliospherean economy, worth a remarkable 4,830 trillion Novas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Information Technology and Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 502,180 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Heliospherean tourists are banned from many nations due to their tendency to randomly explode, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia, explosive diarrhoea is not just a colorful phrase, and a government program is underway to revitalize Heliosphere's beaches. Crime is totally unknown. Heliosphere's national animal is the Meteor, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Heliosphere is ranked 197,980th in the world and 7,368th in the South Pacific for Largest Automobile Manufacturing Sector, scoring -12.08 on the Henry Ford Productivity Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 2ndMost Advanced Public Education: 2ndLargest Cheese Export Sector: 5thMost Secular: 24thHighest Poor Incomes: 45thMost Scientifically Advanced: 51stMost Subsidized Industry: 56thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 65thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 101stSmartest Citizens: 172ndLargest Black Market: 216thMost Beautiful Environments: 247thHighest Average Incomes: 294thMost Efficient Economies: 379thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 526thMost Developed: 623rdMost Corrupt Governments: 713thLongest Average Lifespans: 717thHighest Average Tax Rates: 763rdLargest Governments: 766thBest Weather: 1,024thMost Inclusive: 1,465thHighest Economic Output: 1,931stLowest Crime Rates: 1,952ndTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 2,370thMost Pacifist: 4,359thMost Rebellious Youth: 4,776thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 5,457thMost Income Equality: 8,540thMost Authoritarian: 10,403rdTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 12,027thMost Advanced Public Transport: 12,281stMost Valuable International Artwork: 17,861st
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 2nd in the regionMost Secular: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 4th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 4th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 5th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 6th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 8th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 11th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 15th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 17th in the regionLargest Governments: 21st in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 21st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 25th in the regionMost Developed: 26th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 28th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 35th in the regionBest Weather: 38th in the regionMost Inclusive: 53rd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 60th in the regionTop
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Healthiest Citizens: 81st in the regionMost Rebellious Youth: 113th in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 131st in the regionMost Pacifist: 157th in the regionLargest Populations: 288th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 326th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 342nd in the regionMost Income Equality: 381st in the regionTop
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Most Authoritarian: 494th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 597th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 669th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, a government program is underway to revitalize Heliosphere's beaches.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, explosive diarrhoea is not just a colorful phrase.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, children who believe in the tooth fairy are frequently shipped off to Bigtopia.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, Heliospherean tourists are banned from many nations due to their tendency to randomly explode.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, exceptionally healthy police officers can sprint after crooks for hours on end.
  • : Heliosphere was reclassified from "Corrupt Dictatorship" to "Psychotic Dictatorship".
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, sick days are on the rise.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, criminal rehabilitation takes place in re-education centers.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, the Police Surveillance Unit's motto is "Gotta Catch 'Em All".
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, consumption of cat memes has skyrocketed.

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